So much to do at this weekend's Bayfield Community fair
This weekend, Aug. 19-21, marks the 160th Bayfield Community Fair. The fair is always a blending of the established activities with new activities to chart new paths.
Over the years many changes have occurred; however, the fair continues to be an event where members of the community compete against one another for the best pie, or best collection of peppers, or best creative art piece, or in hundreds of other categories. The fair is an event in which entertainment is provided. It could be as simple as watching children compete in the mini tractor pull or enjoying professional entertainers, like the David Wilcox band. A fair is a gathering place where people visit with their neighbors or friends that they have not seen in a while. The ultimate purpose of a fair is to celebrate rural life and the Bayfield area is blessed, even with the drought, with great land, wonderful stewards of the land, and usually abundant crops, both animal and plant.
There are some folks who claim the fair is the same every year. They are partly correct. These are fair traditions. Bayfield has a wonderful pet display attracting all ages that everyone loves to linger through. It always has young people showing off their 4H animal that has been groomed and trained all summer for this competition. The fair always has a huge display of handcrafts, flowers, children’s work, vegetables, home baking and photography.
But every year new things are incorporated into the weekend. The dignitaries will be competing in a surprise challenge following the official opening on Friday. In addition, a Fireworks display will be held to celebrate the fair’s milestone anniversary in Agriculture Park at about 9 p.m. On Saturday, a magician/juggler will be presenting a stage show and then performing as a “busker” for the rest of the day. A discovery tent will draw in the inquisitive to work with some old tools. And a new 4H goat show will be initiated this year by the sheep shed at 2 p.m. also on Saturday.
The fair is always made stronger when the community takes part in the competitions in the arena by entering a class in any section. With the dry weather show off your flowers even if they are smaller. Dig around your beets and find five that are similar in size. Just take part!
Consider entering in Saturday’s parade that begins at 11 a.m. – last minute entries are welcome – just go to the corner of Catherine and Main by the Little Inn and talk to an official.
It is, however, too late to get tickets to the Dave Wilcox concert on Saturday night as the show sold-out long ago but there will be food trucks on the grounds on Saturday evening for people to try a variety of fun and/or healthy foods.
Residents might try volunteering at the fair. Extra people are always welcome and you get to meet other great people while you are there.
The fair website www.bayfieldfair.ca contains all the information outlining all the events taking place during the 160th fair. Support your community fair by attending, participating and encouraging others to attend too!
exxpedition great lakes sets sail saturday morning
Aug. 20 is a very special day in the village. In addition to the 160th Bayfield Community Fair, a once in lifetime event will leave from the Bayfield Harbour at 10:30 a.m.: eXXpedition Great Lakes 2016.
eXXpedition Great Lakes 2016 will be the world's largest simultaneous sampling for microplastics in history! There will be lead boats on all five Great Lakes and their connecting waterways of Lake St. Clair and the St. Lawrence River. These crews will be made up of women from across the region that represent diverse STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and will be trawling for plastic while under sail. Two Tall Ships will join these boats in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan with students on board aged 12 to 18 years on board. There will also be citizens over the entire region that will be sampling and conducting shoreline cleanups to show the strength of community when they work together to protect something they love.
eXXpedition 2016 will heighten awareness of the pollutants that have invaded the Great Lakes. While the task of cleaning the lakes may be beyond local scope, individuals can do their part to make sure Bayfield does not contribute to the problem of lake pollution. Litter from ditches that feed the Bayfield River is a catchall for plastics and other debris. For years the local community has supported efforts to cleanup near the river and on the beaches. Anyone who has an hour on Saturday morning is encouraged to put on some old clothes, wear good footwear and bring gloves to join their neighbors and the boat crew in this summer cleanup, a special part of eXXpedition 2016.
Participants can also track their trash.
For those taking part in the cleanups this Saturday or in the future, be sure to download the free Marine Debris Tracker app for Smartphone or tablet at www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu. Participants can log the trash they collect for this global dataset and help map plastic pollution on the Great Lakes.
Participants are also invited to share their photos at #Bluebayfield.
This one hour cleanup of Main Beach will begin at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and water will be served at the beach at 9:30 a.m. All are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle or purchase one on site for $3. Those who wish a coffee should also bring a mug. At this time participants can meet the eXXpedition 2016 crew that is leaving from the Bayfield Harbour on their adventure starting at 10:30 a.m. This beach clean up and meet and greet is being sponsored by BlueBayfield.
FOR THE LOVE OF A HIKE
On Aug. 14, Dave Gillians, author of the book, ‘For the Love of Bayfield’ led hikers along the path of the pioneers and shared some of the stories about the Sawmill Trail. The hike was sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association. (Photo by Adriann Schreuder)
drawings of new Bridge to be shown at Councilor's Corner
A couple pertinent topics of interest at the next Councilor’s Corner may be of interest to community members: the discontinuation of the Advanced Care Paramedic Services will be revisited and the Bayfield Bridge Replacement will be reviewed.
Councilor’s Corner will be held on a different date than usual due to the Bayfield Community Fair being held this week. The meeting has been rescheduled for Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Bayfield Community Centre.
This months focus topics:
* Advanced Care Paramedic Services: continued discussions regarding the counties decision to cancel this service and an update will be given. Further questions and discussions will be welcomed.
* Bayfield Bridge Replacement: The Bridge is an important part of the future of the village as it links the two halves of the community together, provides the only walking access for boaters and acts as the gate to the village from the north. Year round walk-ability, safety and aesthetics were the common themes given to the MTO and consultants. The MTO as well as the consultant will be showing the conceptual drawings based on the feedback they received from residents and what is in the budget.
Town hall box office open for Sunset on Summer tickets
Sandy Scotchmer (right), president of the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society, cut a grass rug at the Sunset on Summer BBQ in 2015. "Safe as Milk" will be the musical act at this year's event scheduled for Sept. 3. (Photo by Jack Pal)
There are just 18 days until the Bayfield Town Hall Heritage Society (BTHHS) third annual “Sunset on Summer” Chicken BBQ on Sept. 3 on the grounds of the Bayfield Town Hall (and in case of rain at the Bayfield Arena).
The event runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. will feature BBQ chicken cooked during the picnic, along with baked beans, coleslaw, a roll and dessert. Those who would like to attend are invited to bring their weekend guests or enjoy take-out.
Entertainment will be provided by Bayfield singer/songwriter Josh Geddis and the group “Safe as Milk”. Activities include a “Kiddy Korner” (with help from the Purple Peony) for the children and a cash bar for adults.
The adult ticket price is $20 and children 12 years and younger are $10. The proceeds from this event will go towards building up the Town Hall reserve fund, which was sadly depleted by the beautiful, recently installed, new roof.
Ticketscene.ca or Eventbrite.ca can be used to purchase tickets or call the Town Hall at 519 565-5788 and leave a message – the call will be returned shortly.
“We are trying a new system with this event to ease the ticket selling burden on our volunteer Board members. The Town Hall Box Office will be open Tuesday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon to buy or pick up tickets. We will also have tickets available at the Farmers’ Market on Fridays, and at One Care Fitness Classes,” said Pat Pal, representing the BTHHS.
The committee overseeing this BBQ is looking for volunteers to help with the event. There are several categories of volunteering, such as, serving food, set up, clean up, handling tickets sales for the beer/wine tent and clearing tables. Anyone interested is asked to please call Sandy at 519 565-2830 or email her at email@example.com.
women to take lead role in huron anti-poverty initiative
United Way Perth-Huron is proud to announce three-year funding toward “Poverty to Prosperity in Huron”; a Huron County based anti-poverty initiative.
In April 2013, the committee known as “Bridges in Huron”, and later as the “Huron Anti-Poverty Initiative”, started building a foundation for community response to address poverty in Huron County. With funding from United Way Perth-Huron, along with the County of Huron, The Huron County Health Unit and support from Rural Response for Healthy Children (a community based parent support agency), the Poverty to Prosperity (P2P) committee in Huron was formed.
P2P is a collaborative and action-based group that brings people together from across sectors to improve the lives of individuals who live in poverty. Established in 2014, P2P envisions an end to poverty in Huron County leading to a healthy, equitable, just and inclusive community where every person has a sense of belonging and path to prosper.
The initiative is comprised of services, supports, organizations, networks and citizens that focus on building the capacity of Huron County to decrease poverty and its impact. There is a commitment to integrate the expertise of people with “lived experience” into this service improvement.
Ryan Erb, executive director of United Way Perth-Huron, said, “United Way Perth-Huron is very pleased to continue collaborating with community to incubate valuable new services such as Poverty to Prosperity’s, “Destination – Prosperity: Working Together to Support Communities” program. This community development strategy will enhance existing services in three of Huron County’s most socially isolated and underserviced communities.”
The key activity will be to develop Working Groups of service providers, and women in the isolated communities, to improve service coordination. A half-time coordinator will work for the group as they define the strengths, assets and gaps in community services. It is anticipated that service providers will be prepared to review their programs and policies and pool resources to improve service delivery. Activities for women may include workshops, information sessions and meetings on topics such as: food security; education; volunteerism; peer support; arts/culture/recreation activities; financial literacy; household management and community improvement.
This project will serve as a conduit for integrating lived experience into service coordination in Huron County, social program effectiveness, long-term P2P poverty reduction strategies and improved service provision. Through the activities determined by the women in the community, it will also generate opportunities for community engagement, meaningful participation and empowerment for women, their families and communities. The anticipated outcome will be "community services working together to make it easier to navigate community supports and services".
Prosperity outcomes tend to be seen in financial terms. Prosperity, for this project, is defined as a successful, flourishing or thriving condition. It is hoped that these attributes can be generated collaboratively with women as leaders in connected communities.
KNOX SAYS FAREWELL
After eleven years of membership, sharing, volunteering and generally being a cornerstone for Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield, Deb and Barry Amos have moved to the Kitchener area to be closer to their family. At a Best Wishes and Appreciation Luncheon Deb stated the decision was a difficult one to make and entailed mixed emotions for both of them. Deb was an elder in the Church as well as a mainstay in all fundraising events and a member of the Women of Knox. Barry provided his expertise and many volunteer hours in his role as a member of the Board of Managers. To say they will be missed is an understatement as evidenced by the many words of praise expressed and the tears shed at the luncheon. (Photo by Deb Grasby)
Beach dune grasses
Blue Bayfield member, Ray Letheren reports that well-meaning citizens were recently noted pulling out dune grasses on the beach thinking they were helping “clean the beach”.
These grasses were planted to stabilize the beaches and help prevent erosion.
So please don't pull up the grass. It may seem unsightly but has an important environmental role to play.
On Aug. 19, the Bayfield Lions’ Club and the Photography Club of Bayfield (PCoB) will be launching the 2017 Bayfield Calendar. The calendar is a joint project of the Lions and the PCoB.
“The theme for this year’s calendar is: Bayfield from a different perspective,” said Jack Pal, chair of the Calendar Committee. “We listened to our customers and made some changes which we think you will like.”
A short list of 36 was selected from over 290 entries this year. The thirteen winners were determined by a vote by all the members of the PCoB with assistance from the Lions. Each of the selected photos has been enlarged and matted to a 16x20 size ready for framing. The unveiling of these photos will take place in the Farmer’s Market at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. Copies of the new calendar will be available for sale at $10 immediately thereafter.
Following the launch, the unveiled prints will be offered to the public through a silent auction. Although bids may be entered any time after the launch in the Bayfield Archives and Heritage Centre on Main Street, where the prints will be on display during open hours; the actual formal silent auction will take place on Sept. 3 at the Sunset on Summer event at the Bayfield Town Hall from 4:30-7 p.m. at which point the winners will be declared.
Organizers note that the calendars make wonderful gifts and mementos of Bayfield. All proceeds from calendar sales and the silent auction go towards supporting Lions activities throughout the community.
Three “ribbers” will keep your taste buds dancing at the Bayfield Community Fair Ribfest on the evening of Friday, Aug. 19.
Smackwater Jacks, of Grand Bend, is a new “ribber” to the Bayfield scene. Their ribs have a distinctive sauce flavor that will appeal to many. Devin Tabor, for Bon Vivant, is a recognized chef and ensures the ribs are cooked perfectly. Brian Garnet, from Let the Flames Begin, decided to provide choice this year for those attending by offering two sauces to choose from.
The price for a half rack has been reduced this year to $18 and a full rack will be $26. The meal will consist of ribs, a cob of locally sourced corn, coleslaw and a drink. A sample rib will sell for $2. Extra corn and drinks will also be sold for $2 each.
The ribs will be sold from 5-9 p.m. or whenever they are sold out. There is lots of tent space if rain comes and there is lots of room in the arena. In addition to the food there will be music for most of the evening.
The official fair opening will be at 7 p.m. with a dignitary competition following the opening. People are encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite dignitaries as they compete in Bayfield’s Dignitary Olympics.
Rounding out the Friday evening will be a fireworks display scheduled for 9 p.m.
Huron County Council’s decision to down-grade its ambulance service appears to be gaining greater public criticism across the county.
Last week a group of 50 protestors marched around The Square in Goderich criticizing council’s decision.
This week Municipality of Bluewater’s Bayfield Councillor Bill Whetstone expects to contact the medical staffs of the five county hospitals (Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Seaforth and Wingham) about the county council’s decision to cut the county’s 14 most qualified ambulance attendants, all members of the Advance Care Paramedics (ACP) program.
Whetstone feels more public discussion is needed as well as the advice of doctors and nurses working in the five hospitals.
Huron’s current paramedic staff total 72 including the 14 ACP who cost the county an additional $88,724. ACP are the only paramedics who can administer pain medication, intubate and stabilize patients in order that they can be transported without pain.
Leslie Bella, a spokes person for Bayfield’s Home4Good claims the public didn’t have an opportunity to make their views known about down grading the ambulance service.
Whetstone expects his meeting of Councillor’s Corner on Aug. 25 will involve more discussion about cutting the service.
The Friends of the Bayfield Library (FOBL) will be holding their annual book sale at the Bayfield Public Library on Aug. 20-21.
Book lovers are invited to pay what they can with all proceeds going to the library and community. The hours for the sale are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gently used books, puzzles and games can be donated to the sale. These can be dropped off at the library from 1-5 p.m. on Aug. 12 and Aug. 16-17.
Commercial book dealers are asked to wait until 1 p.m. on Sunday before purchasing.
Members of the FOBL have an opportunity for an advanced preview and purchase of books on Aug. 19 from 2-4 p.m. Anyone who is not yet a member can purchase a life time membership for a $5 fee.
FAIR CHURCH SERVICE
In what is becoming an annual tradition of the Bayfield Community Fair, local churches will join under the fairgrounds tent on Sunday morning, Aug. 21 to worship together while also learning about and offering support to a local charitable group that supports agricultural related initiatives.
This year’s service takes place at 10:00 a.m. and will be led by representatives of Knox Presbyterian, Trinity & St. James Anglican, St. Andrew’s United and The Church on the Way. It is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.
Special music is being arranged that will include soloists and a community choir.
Each year organizers invite a guest speaker from a local charity that is somehow relevant to the agricultural theme of the fair. This year, Marg and Les Frayne will tell of their stories and experiences working with S.H.A.R.E. Agricultural Foundation. S.H.A.R.E., which stands for “Sending Help And Resources Everywhere”, is based out of Caledon but works to help isolated farming communities, particularly in Central and South America. They work on developing sustainable projects that will improve quality of life for impoverished farmers in these areas – with a mandate of offering ‘A hand up’ rather than ‘A hand-out.’ Past projects have included building more efficient and environmentally friendly cook-stoves. These stoves not only alleviate family health problems but also free up time for women to improve their literacy rather than tending cooking fires all day.
A freewill offering will support the work of this charity, but local church members are also invited to bring their regular Sunday offering envelopes in support of their own church.
This outdoor community service has been well received for the past two years as neighbors enjoy coming out to worship with neighbors, while also participating in helping out our global neighbors. The collaborative nature of this event reflects the way God’s spirit is indeed at work in the community of Bayfield!
For more information please contact Rev. Elise Feltrin at St. Andrew’s United Church, 519 565-2854.
run 4 kids
Before heading back to school and a regular work schedule consider supporting a great by running or walking around Bayfield in all of its “end of summer” glory.
The 4th Annual Run4Kids event will take place on Labour Day weekend, Sunday, Sept 4. Once again the Virtual High School (VHS) and the Bayfield Optimist Club are teaming up to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario (SWO) to grant the wish of a Huron County child facing a life-threatening medical condition.
The goal of Make-A-Wish is to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy and this year’s Run4Kids will reflect that.
“Each runner will receive a race kit containing some fun surprises,” said Emily Santos, with VHS. “We will have live entertainment by Mike Graham, face-painting, raffle prizes, awards, snacks and hydration and more!”
“Even though this is a competitive race we are adding a fun element to it by opening it up to teams and families. Participants are encouraged to come out in their best outfits and help us grant a wish,” said Cathy Fisher, a member of the Bayfield Optimist Club.
The first Virtual High School Run4Kids was held in 2012.
“We were originally inspired (to organize the first run) by one of our very own students, Will Frassinelli. He has been battling brain cancer for over ten years,” said Santos.
Then last year the focus was on supporting the Make-A-Wish SWO, she said.
“With last years’ proceeds of $6,000, we were able to grant the wish of a Huron County child – Reiko, a five year-old boy who is living with an inherited skeletal disorder. His wish was to take a trip to his favorite theme park in Orlando, Florida. With the help of our community, Reiko’s wish came true.”
On the day of the event, site registration will open at 7:30 a.m. The race will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with awards to follow at 10:15 a.m. to the top two male and female finishers in each age category. Twenty-five dollars will be given to first place in each category and $50 to first place overall in each gender group.
There are some advantages to not procrastinating about participating in this year’s run. From now until Aug. 21 the registration fee is $30. Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 2 the fee will increase to $35 and from Sept. 3 to the start of the race the fee will be $40. Children under the age of 12 years can register for $10 and there is also a family rate of $50 for two adults up to a maximum of three children.
Anyone who would like to just donate to Make-A-Wish to grant a wish to a local child with a life threatening illness can visit www.vhsrun4kids.com or call Fisher at 519 482-5557. She will collect the donation and send personal info in for a tax receipt for any donation over $20.
To learn more visit the VHS Run4Kids website listed above or go to www.makeawishswo.ca.
One Care will be offering seated exercises classes starting Wednesday, Sept. 7.
These classes will run every Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (same time as Total Body Fit 2). All exercises, except balance, can be performed while on a chair. Balance exercises can be done standing beside a chair.
If you are new to exercise or looking for a different exercise format, these Sit/Fit Classes may just fit the bill.
A “demonstration” class will be held on Monday, Aug. 15 in the community room at the arena at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to either participate or observe and discover if this new class might suit their needs.